Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Free Teina Pora

Free Teina Pora

The Maori Party is disappointed that Teina Pora was denied parole yet again, and say this latest decision by the High Court is another example of injustice in our Justice system.

Dr Pita Sharples, MP for Tamaki Makaurau said “this young man has been the victim of an unjust Justice system for most of his adult life, this latest decision is just another example of bureaucracy at its worst.”

“The Maori Party and indeed many New Zealanders have serious doubts over whether Teina Pora committed the crime for which he was convicted. It’s ridiculous that both the High Court and Court of Appeal say they don’t have jurisdiction to grant parole. If that’s the case, then whose job is it? And why are they not doing it instead of mucking this young man around?”

Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party Co-Leader said “it’s bad enough that he has been sitting in prison for all this time when there are serious holes in the evidence that convicted him, and major misgivings about the way the Police treated him during their investigation.”

“We know there is something wrong with this young man remaining in jail, and yet our own system seems to be hamstrung and unable to do anything about it. It’s an embarrassment, and a terrible indictment on our nation.”

Tariana Turia, Maori Party Co-Leader said “It’s no wonder the New Zealand Justice system, and the treatment of Maori in that system has been identified as a major area of concern by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.”

“Frankly, I don’t think the New Zealand public cares whose jurisdiction it is, they just want a bit of actual justice in our Justice system in New Zealand.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news